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News stories from the past 60 days.

FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America; Correction Federal Register
Jan 17, 2018 - Corrects the reply date that was incorrectly published in a January 3, 2018, proposed rule seeking comments on how to strengthen the Rural Health Care Program and improve access to telehealth in rural America. Reply comments are due on or before March 5, 2018, rather than the originally published February 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Marty Fattig
Jan 16, 2018 - Radio conversation with Marty Fattig, CEO of a Critical Access Hospital in Nebraska, the Chairman of the Rural Health Advisory Commission, and a member of the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Council and the Critical Access Hospital Advisory Board on Quality. Discussion includes electronic health records and the use of technology to improve rural healthcare, the work being done by the Nemaha County Hospital, and the value of small, rural hospitals' flexibility, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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EOP: Supporting Broadband Tower Facilities in Rural America on Federal Properties Managed by the Department of the Interior Federal Register
Jan 12, 2018 - Official memorandum from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) outlining the Administration's intent to use all appropriate and available tools to accelerate the deployment of modern, affordable, and reliable high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America. The memorandum also directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop a plan to support these efforts by increasing access to tower facilities and other infrastructure assets managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Streamlining and Expediting Requests To Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America Federal Register
Jan 11, 2018 - Executive order designed to improve access to broadband internet service in rural America by reducing barriers to capital investment, removing obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employing government resources. The order also directs the Administrator of General Services to review and streamline the process for expediting requests to locate broadband facilities on federal property.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Federal Register
Jan 3, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking to ensure that rural providers get the support they need, while also guarding against fraud, waste, and abuse. The proposed rule also seeks to mitigate the impact of the existing Rural Health Care (RHC) Program cap, and ensure that the program operates efficiently. The RHC Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund, provides funding to eligible rural providers to improve and/or expand the telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of healthcare. Funding for the RHC Program is currently capped at $400 million annually. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than February 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 1/17/2018